Hodjanernes Blog

6 september 2010

Taxi-chauffør og dusørjæger – på jagt efter kvinder på flugt fra tvangsægteskab

Filed under: Danmark, Demografi, Europa, Feminisme, Immigration, Tørklæde, UK — Tags: , , , , — Hodja @ 20:38

On the face of it, Zakir was simply a veteran taxi driver and a popular member of the community in Bradford, northern England.

Few customers would have realised that behind his bubbly exterior he provided another, much more sinister service. For around £5,000, Zakir would track down women and girls who had run away from home to escape a forced marriage. A bounty hunter, Zakir’s mission was to bring them back to their families.

While most locals in the tightly knit south Asian community thought Zakir was merely picking up and dropping off passengers each day, his work provided perfect cover to exploit his contacts with fellow drivers and shopkeepers to hunt down runaway teenagers. According to Zakir, some bounty hunters would also befriend officials in housing departments and in the Department for Work and Pensions to get National Insurance numbers — a strategy confirmed by campaigners against forced marriages.

[….]

 As for the former bounty hunter Zakir, he is clear about what will stop the problem. “Nothing. Families will do anything in the name of honour.”

Mere på The Hindu

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